Many of the documents in Civil, Family Law, Probate, and Small Claims require a fee to file them. These are called filing fees.In addition to filing fees, there may be other fees such as:
Court fees and costs may be found on the court’s fee schedule.
If you are getting public benefits, are a low-income person, or do not have enough income to pay for your household’s basic needs and your court fees, you may ask the court to waive all or part of your court fees.To ask for a fee waiver:
You may be ordered to go to court to answer questions about your ability to pay court fees and costs and to provide proof of eligibility.
You will receive an Order on Court Fees Waiver (FW-003) telling you if your request was granted (approved) or denied. The Order will explain how to proceed. Act quickly - you only have 10 days from the date the Order is mailed to you to comply with the Order or exercise your options if your request was denied. Failure to act may result in the cancelation of any documents that you submitted.
There may be additional fees later in the case which you may request be waived if you qualify.These fees may include one or more of the following:
You will receive an Order on Court Fees Waiver (FW-003) telling you if your request was granted (approved) or denied. The Order will explain how to proceed. Act quickly - you only have 10 days from the date the Order is mailed to you to comply with the Order or exercise your options if your request was denied.
Even if your fees are waived at first, you may have to pay them back later:
If your finances improve you must tell the court within five days. Fill out the Notice to Court of Improved Financial Situation or Settlement (FW-010) and file it with the court. You may be ordered to repay any amounts that were waived.
If you receive a judgment or support order in a family law matter you may be ordered to pay all or part of your waived fees and costs if the court determines that you can afford to pay. You can ask the court for a hearing if the court makes such a decision.
If you win your case in most circumstances the other side will be ordered to pay your waived fees and costs to the court. The court will not enter a satisfaction of judgment until the court is paid.
The court can collect fees and costs due to the court. If waived fees and costs are ordered paid to the trial court, the court can start collection proceedings.